Dr. Sarah Lageson’s new book, Digital Punishment: Privacy, Stigma, and the Harms of Data-Driven Criminal Justice (2020), has been published by Oxford University Press. The book draws on empirical data, interviews, and review of case law, and powerfully demonstrates that addressing digital punishment will require a direct acknowledgement of privacy and dignity in the context of public accusation, and a reckoning of how rehabilitation can actually occur in a society that never forgets.
”A stunning, brilliant, and deeply researched account, Digital Punishment reveals how the considerable challenges for those ensnared by American’s criminal justice system have become exponentially more challenging in the big data era.”-Mona Lynch, Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, University of California Irvine
“Gripping and meticulously researched, Digital Punishment takes us into the labyrinth of misinformation, commodification, and disparity that underlies online criminal records and reveals deep injustices that result from their proliferation. A must-read for anyone who connects to the Internet.”-Megan Comfort, author of Doing Time Together: Love and Family in the Shadow of the Prison